Capital BlueCross, a health insurer in the US, said that it will unveil a policy, effective June 1, 2010, to allow continued coverage for young adults who are currently enrolled under their parents' health plan until they reach the age of 26.
According to Capital BlueCross, the policy is intended to bridge a gap in coverage until provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a new health care reform law, are fully implemented. The new law requires health plans to cover adult dependants up to age 26 beginning with plan years starting on or after September 23, 2010.
The company said that the change will automatically apply to individual policies, and it will offer this extension of coverage to the employer accounts for their members as well.
In addition, the company has launched a web site portal on health care reform intended to help subscribers and others to navigate new health care reform law. It includes short conversations with company executives and others on topics of interest to subscribers.
William Lehr, president and CEO of Capital BlueCross, said: We think it is important to address a potential problem for currently enrolled dependants who might otherwise find themselves uninsured before the new law takes effect. We are committed to helping our customers understand the provisions of the new health care reform law and facilitating its implementation.